About us


As Community Church has grown so too have our teams, working alongside many volunteers. Together they care deeply about seeing God impact the church, the wider community and the nations.

Peter Vincent | Elder | Full-time

Peter Vincent

Peter is married to Angela with two grown up daughters and became a full-time church leader in 1987 and leader of the eldership team here in 1991. He takes personal responsibility for the directional leadership of the church by leading the eldership and wider leadership teams, the staff and preaching team. This involves line managing and supporting several members of staff and volunteers where he seeks to bring leadership, pastoral support and vision to these areas. Peter also oversees and supports several other churches and their leaders locally and overseas within the wider Relational Mission family of churches. He and Angela enjoy spending time working together in serving the churches and in their spare time love to watch rugby, get away in their camper van - or Peter goes to the golf course!

Gareth McCormick | Elder | Full-time

Gareth McCormick

Gareth is married to Nicola and together they have two children, Ben & Jaiya. Gareth was previously an elder at the church between 2004 - 2007. In 2007 the whole family moved to China, where for 8 years they followed God's call to plant churches in a largely unreached area. Now, back on the leadership team, Gareth heads up the small-group and discipleship life of the church, oversees the children's work teams, and preaches regularly. He loves to keep fit and drink coffee... at the same time if possible!

Al Stroud | Elder | Part-time

Al Stroud

Al is married to Jane and has four children. He joined the eldership team nearly three years ago and is currently working for the church 4 days a week. He also does consultancy work at a local global electronic components company where he has worked for the past 19 years. Al enjoys spending time with his family, reading, running, and cycling. Al oversees group life, preaches regularly and alongside Jane overseas the church's pastoral care.

Susan Ash | Children's Leader

Susan Ash


Maureen Hopkins & Jane Stroud | Administration | Part-time job-share

Maureen Hopkins Jane Stroud

Maureen works Tuesday to Thursday for the Community Church and heads up the administration with responsibility for the day to day running of the office including hiring of the Charis Centre. As well as assisting the elders with a wide range of administrative tasks she ensures everything is in place for our Sunday meeting and other meetings taking place during the week. She enjoys being the first point of contact for people contacting the church! Maureen is married to Andy with two grown up boys and lives in the countryside in Henham.

Jane is has been part of CCBS for 20 years. She is married to Al and has 4 amazing children. She works Monday, Tuesday and Friday's in the church office carrying out general administrational tasks. She loves running, baking cakes, hosting meals and organising events. Jane has a pastoral heart and loves to support and help others.

Ali Mansfield | Finance | Part-time

Ali Mansfield

Ali keeps us afloat by looking after all the financial aspects of church life. She also administrates the finances of the Thirst Youth Café. Part of the Community Church since it's origins in the early eighties, she now lives in Suffolk, but continues to travel back for work and Crowning Years lunches. We all love Ali for her generous nature, pastoral and wise counsel and she is also a great cook! Ali has three grown up children, 2 horses and a dog to keep her busy (muddy!)

Paul Corcoran | Caretaker & Cleaner | Part-time

Paul Corcoran

Paul joined us in 2015 and makes sure everything at the Charis Centre is where it should be! A former business manager for a large banking concern, Paul is enjoying the quieter life and spends his spare time as a river warden for Essex Wildlife Trust. He is also a keen sports fan and avidly follows his team – Colchester United – around the country.

Becca Marsh | Information and Communications Manager | Part-time

Paul Corcoran

Becca is our Information and Communications Manager, and is well known for being organised and efficient. She is also involved in SuperHeroes and has a passion for seeing children grow and develop in their spiritual gifting’s as they walk through life. She has two fantastic children Amelia & Tim and is married to Chris. They have been part of the CCBS family for a few years and loves to host coffee mornings, bake cakes, cook meals for a growing house group and is a reluctant skier.

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